I just wanted to extend an invite to our upcoming ride to this forum. Everyone is welcome. The ride will range from 1.5 - 2.5 with some optional 3.0 - 3.5 sections, no hero stuff.
Here is a copy of the original post that can been seen over at klrworld.
Change is GOOD! and good plans change...
Thanks to RBrider this is now going to be a joint exploration of the Standing Indian / Wayah Rd area. Bob is heading back to the flat lands and the sand and the sea soon, so we're going to get in one last mountain ride before he leaves. He has kindly offered to be our host and tour guide for the day!
The date for the ride is now going to be Friday, July 18th. I just love an excuse to be off work on a Friday and missing the weekend mountian sight seeing traffic is a nice bonus.
We plan meet up somewhere in the Wayah Rd area to be determined by RBrider. We will have a full day of riding and playing in the mountians and hope that you can join us. I think we will have a limit of 500 riders so sign up early to guarantee your spot!
I'm going to cut out the Otto NC Coweeta Hydrologic Lab to Rainbow Springs section to make room for more exploration in the Winding Stairs/Tellico Gap area. The final routes will be determined as we go and subject to change.
Well, when a good old boy from Georgia hears about a road that was built for Jimmy Carter in the North Carolina mountains, he's just got to go see it. And when he rides a dual sport motorcycle, he's just got to turn it into an off road adventure. We are shooting for either July 19th or 26th.
Here's our planned route for our day of exploration. Any comments or thoughts are welcome as you will also be MORE than welcome to join us. Looks like there is no way we can make all of the area discussed in this thread in one day, so I've trimmed down the route to below and above Wayah Rd for this trip.
Rainbow Springs / Wayah Rd / Aquone Lake area.
Wayah Bald / Jimmy Carter's abandoned road area.
(Map of the Winding Stairs area will be posted here.)
A little pictorial on James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, the 39th president of the US of A (1977-1981)
Early in his life a young Jimmy show his love for his dog "Bozo"
Name another president who made the "Cover of the Rolling Stone"
Gregg Allman, Phil Walden, Dickey Betts, and... Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter with Toy and Tommy Cauldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band...
In 1973 Jimmy saw a UFO and filed an official UFO sighting report...
and who could forget brother Billy and Billy Bear!
Jimmy Carter Rabbit Incident
Dubbed the "killer rabbit" attack by the media, the Jimmy Carter rabbit incident involved a swamp rabbit that caught press imagination after furiously trying to board then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter's fishing boat on April 20, 1979.
Carter had gone on a solo fishing expedition in his hometown of Plains, Georgia when the rabbit approached his boat, "hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared and making straight for the president", trying desperately to enter the boat, causing Carter to flail at the swimming creature with the oars from his boat.
Upon returning to his office, Carter found his staff disbelieving of his story, insisting that rabbits couldn't swim, or that they would never approach a person threateningly. However, it was later confirmed that a White House photographer had in fact captured the incident on-camera
The Rabbit can be seen swimming away from the boat in this picture.
Close-up of the rabitt...
Jimmy also had a gold record!
Voyager I and II, NASA's interstellar probes were carrying copies of the Golden Record, a phonograph disc with photos, music, and other material to give an extraterrestrials a sense of life on Earth. Carl Sagan led the committee to pick what was on the record, and it quite a strange and interesting collection of stuff, from a Blind Willie Johnson tune to a surreal photo "demonstration of licking, eating and drinking."
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim. Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. The 115 images are encoded in analog form. The remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Following the section on the sounds of Earth, there is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music, including both Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music. Once the Voyager spacecraft leave the solar system (by 1990, both will be beyond the orbit of Pluto), they will find themselves in empty space. It will be forty thousand years before they make a close approach to any other planetary system. As Carl Sagan has noted, “The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet
From Jimmy Carter's message recorded on the Golden Record:
Of the 200 million stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some—perhaps many—may have inhabited planets and spacefaring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message: This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe."